For the last year, United Airlines has been aggressively trying to convince people in the New York City region to use their Newark Liberty International Airport hub. Massive advertising campaigns have been directed across the city to encourage people to use the Newark airport instead of JFK. Now, in an effort to attract even more people to its Newark hub, United has launched helicopter transfer services to this airport.
United has partnered with HeliFlite to offer services from three different Manhattan helipads to the Newark airport. Each of these flights would take less than 10 minutes to complete. The service is aimed at travelers wanting to make sure that they reach the airport on time, regardless of traffic conditions on the ground.
The new service is on-demand and can be purchased directly on United's website. Cost for the service is $2,099 for up to three passengers and $2,199 for up to six people. The cost of the flights also includes a car transfer service to the terminal when you arrive.
United is not the only airline to launch helicopter service in this part of the country, though. Just last year, Delta launched the same type of service with another company to fly passengers directly between New York's JFK and Manhattan.
United Airlines has been very focused on attracting higher paying customers for the last year. In addition to this new helicopter service in New York, the company has launched a private terminal at the Los Angeles International Airport for Business Class and well-heeled passengers. United has also launched new airport lounges that can only be accessed by long-haul Business Class passengers.